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Marcy replied to the topic 'Membership Drive' in the forum. 42 minutes ago

Sounds like it was a fun place to be. Definitely something to look forward to.

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Marcy replied to the topic 'My heart beat affects tone on slow notes?' in the forum. 55 minutes ago

I agree Jack, it's thoughtful questions like yours that keep the site interesting--so keep them coming.
You know, if it really is your heartbeat that's bothering you, it's a pretty tricky problem to get rid of. You might try adding some vibrato to those longer notes with your diaphragm or hands.

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SWAPAN DEB thanked AndyT in topic New Member 2 hours 43 minutes ago
SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'New Member' in the forum. 2 hours 53 minutes ago

Andy,
Again I am here for that I forgot to say, I often play my Suzuki Melodica and already recorded an Indian song with my son(20). He is a Piano player, have been playing since last 12 years approx.
My Melodica is a very beautiful looking and nice sounding instrument. Apart from sound, I am very much obsessed about the instrument what I play that must be a good looking. That's why all my harps are good looking. Ha..ha..ha...

Have a nice day.

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AndyT replied to the topic 'New Member' in the forum. 3 hours 6 minutes ago

Swapan

Saxophones can be quite expensive, ranging from beginner's saxophones, through to intermediate then onto advanced.

Not sure which Sax you would prefer, but a Tenor as a middle one in my local store ranges from about $1,300 (61,600 rupees) for a beginner's instrument, up to and beyond $10,000 (47,400 rupees) for the professional.

harmonica is easier to learn in some respects, but once you get to a certain standard I think they are comparable, because then it's all about how you use your instrument, not how much learning it to you to get there.

And, as you say, at the end of the day, it's all about the music. I know some players think they are better because they play a more difficult to learn instrument, but that's really their problem. It is just about the music.

Andy

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SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'New Member' in the forum. 3 hours 42 minutes ago

Hi Andy,
I think Trumpet or Saxophone is harder to Learn than Harmonica.
Can you give an idea the price of a standard Sax? It seems to be expensive enough.
Be happy with your Trumpet. All
and above you are with the music.

Have a nice day.

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AndyT replied to the topic 'New Member' in the forum. 4 hours 31 minutes ago

Hi Swapan

Trumpet going well. I would advise people taking up another instrument but it's heavy work so don't. I already neglect the harp too much, though it is my go to instrument of choice. Trumpet also requires lots of music theory as well, so is daunting, though I learnt a lot at school so am ok with that.

Andy

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SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'Hi....new member in the CLUB' in the forum. 5 hours 26 minutes ago

First practice the scale of harp you have and than try any simple number in single octave on that particular scale. Hope the scale of harp you have is not too high. Eg. D, D# or F.....

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SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'New Member' in the forum. 5 hours 39 minutes ago

Hi Sweaters,
Welcome to Hc. Please exchange your views on harp. What gener of song and type of harp you are playing? Andy says we haven't welcome you. Not at all my dear. Speak frankly about what in your mind. Need not to hesitate.

Andy, what about your Trumpet?

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Suave_Blues_Man replied to the topic 'Another Amp Question' in the forum. 6 hours 22 minutes ago

HC Member devermb,

Contact this vendor and explain what you want. Report back, eh?

www.blowsmeaway.com/kalamazoo.html

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man

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Suave_Blues_Man replied to the topic 'How Does Little Walter Play ....?' in the forum. 6 hours 39 minutes ago

Hello devermb,

Here are some of the Little Walter techniques - www.celticguitarmusic.com/juke.htm

There are associated sites listed at the bottom of the page. Let us know what you find; in fact, PLAY it for us!

Be Blues...And Jazz,\

Suave Blues Man

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Suave_Blues_Man replied to the topic 'Membership Drive' in the forum. 6 hours 46 minutes ago

Thanks AndyT,

We did a lot in the old days. I used to be one of the ones that you have taken up for doing responses. I'm not a full-blooded historian. My forte' is being able to spend several hours doing research to give a bit more sumptuous answer; you know, who, what, when where why and how do I ge one of THOSE harps!

Sort of like the wave patterns of mentally stimulation with Chess or Rubik's Cube or Monopoly. Sudoku? Go?

Not everyone gives a second thought to Country/Western music or truck advertising or Diner-Drive-ins and Dives. Harp IS out here in a big way. It is NOT a toy! A few great players and a blanket of 'well maybe I could be good' players. There are many major clubs, SPAH and one look at Hohner's production numbers will give a reasonable person pause. Even if they ONLY made 3 million harps a year there are a LOT of harp-ers out here.

It's the dabblers that we need to consolidate. That lonely feeling of being an owner of a fun musical instrument but seemingly nowhere to go with it. Harmonica Club has been a home for me, along with Slidemeister for over ten years.

The movement with Pocket Full Of Soul was good. I've suggested doing Romeo & Juliet or West Side Story with harmonicas. KNON radio plays Blues M - F from Central Time 1800 - 2000. Cable channels have Blues selections. Many of the big name draws like The Rolling Stones or Huey Lewis and the News feature harp lines. There hasn't been a harmonica mobbing event. (Uh, there is one in the planning stage here in Texas...)

Like anything it's got a LOT to do with instrument loyalty. And dedication to being better tomorrow than you were today.

Hmm?

Be Blues...And Jazz...And Diatonic...And Chromatic...And Tremolo...And Octave...And Gospel...And Harp, Baby, Harp,

Suave Blues Man

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devermb created a new topic ' How Does Little Walter Play ....?' in the forum. 7 hours 19 minutes ago

This is about Blue Midnight (www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMYMnUuCFDc:

- what distortions, amplifications, etc, does he use on this song?

- at 00:26 how does he get that sound of going in and out: is it moving the mouth on the harp, moving the hand on and off the back of the harp, ....?

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Suave_Blues_Man replied to the topic 'New Member' in the forum. 7 hours 23 minutes ago

Hello swaters,

Go see Mikes Music. He carries a good selection of harps and should know every harper for fifty miles!

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man

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devermb created a new topic ' Another Amp Question' in the forum. 7 hours 30 minutes ago

Can anyone recommend a good amp for playing harp for under $500 which has a headphone feature, reverb and is large enough to play live? It doesn't have to be tube, and for that small price it might not be......

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AndyT replied to the topic 'New Member' in the forum. 7 hours 35 minutes ago

Hi SW

How are you going, I notice we haven't really welcomed you. Sorry about that.

Andy

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Membership Drive' in the forum. 10 hours 16 minutes ago

Hi Suave_Blues_Man

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I never knew about the old live chat thing, as I came to the old site relatively late, sounds like I missed out a lot. Would be a good thing to do but I guess Skype and other programmes have taken over.

Perhaps we should start promoting the club on other areas, such as Facebook etc. I'll probably do that, but most of my 'friends' aren't harp players. It would be good to get new members, but also encourage new members to keep posting. I try to say hello to new members, but often find it difficult to do so if I have nothing to respond to beyond the initial hello. But will work on that.

Andy

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AndyT thanked Suave_Blues_Man in topic Membership Drive 10 hours 21 minutes ago
AndyT replied to the topic 'My heart beat affects tone on slow notes?' in the forum. 10 hours 24 minutes ago

Hi Jack

Keep up the esoteric stuff, helps everyone think differently about their playing.

As to the heart thing, I don't have this problem. However, there may be things you can do to improve your lung strength and capacity, which hopefully will address this problem.

For example, whilst we cannot affect our heart rate, we can affect things which affect our heart rate. I.e. If you are walking and your heart rate is high, stop walking and your heart rate should fall. Breathing is one thing which can affect our heart rate - helping slow it down. So doing breathing exercises to strengthen your lungs would have an effect on your heart. Now this is pure guesswork, but it may be that stronger lungs will help prevent the heart affecting your breath in the ways you describe.

Luckily, playing harmonica is a very good way to improve lung capacity. I can out breathe other players in my concert band (I play second trumpet), which I totally believe is due to my harmonica playing and it's focus on inhaling. Band instruments such as trumpets, clarinets etc are all about exhaling, and other players in my band struggle to maintain long notes. I can do it far more easily, lasting up to a minute.

So, hopefully the problem will go away. But I would also advise concentrating on your breath as you play until you notice it does disappear, because, as we know, how we inhale/exhale is asimportant to our playing. But if not then you may need medical help, but others here may be more informed about this sort of thing.

Hope this helps.

Andy

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jack5 created a new topic ' My heart beat affects tone on slow notes?' in the forum. 13 hours 38 minutes ago

Hi fellow harpists,
I know I write some esoteric posts but they are important to me as a beginer and may help others who struggle with similar issues/questions.
On slow notes my heart beat interrupts a smooth sound. It is quite noticeable. Think kaaaaaaaabmpbmpkaaaaaaaaaabmpbmp etc. Does anyone else have this issue and what can you do about it if anything.

Thanks

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